Last week, as part of Religion and Spiritual Life Week on campus (Sept. 20-27th), white signs lined the pathways of Founders Green. These signs were filled with encouraging, thoughtful quotes from prominent peace workers, philosophers, and religious leaders, including this one from Khalil Gibran: “Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are the eternity and you are the mirror.”
Religion and Spiritual Life Week is an annual opportunity for different religious groups on campus to reach out to the Haverford community and to each other. This year, there were a number of open, free or low-cost events, such as an introductory Buddhist Meditation class, an Alternatives to Violence Program Advanced Workshop, Quaker Meeting, movie viewings, the Jewish Student Union-led Shabbat Services, and a Christian House Dinner and Discussion on Civil Rights. Marcelle Martin, the Quaker Friend In Residence during the week, also led workshops and discussions on her work as an author, scholar, and teacher.
The week culminated in the Quaker Community group’s yearly retreat for all students and community members at Snipes Farm on Saturday.